There was shopping.
And people watching.
Then we went to Isle sur la Sorge, and did and saw more of the blissful same! Paradise times two.
Our day started with a lovely breakfast at the home of a charming French brocanteuse (antique dealer), Colette (second from the right). It was a heavenly setting – delicious food – and an absolutely enchanting hostess. We fell in love with her immediately!
Colette has a little shop in her house.
So many wonderful things, and her prices were most reasonable.
Lucky us, we got to visit inside her home as well.
Her decorating style is divine.
An amazing hat pin collection.
Her collections are stunning.
That is a tiptop assortment of cafe au lait bowls.
Before we knew it, three hours in Colette’s company had flown by. It was really hard to say good bye to our new friend. But we consoled ourselves at a consignment shop in Aix that Jill had taken to me before. More great finds at dirt cheap prices.
It was time for lunch.
We appreciated this table setting detail.
For our last stop of the day, Jill took us to another of her secret addresses.
The best blue.
Treasures and chickens.
I had learned on my previous trip to this junkers’ wonderland to make a pile of whatever I wanted, and I would be told a price by this sweetie pie that would be a good deal. Jill in her cute shoes was standing by to do any translating for us. And indeed, we all received great prices.
By then I was figuring out how to take videos on our new camera. Now to figure out how to upload them for the next post!
Paris in September = magnificent! We had two days before the Provence Vintage Buying Tour began, so we hit the streets as soon as we could get out of our taxi and park our bags in the lobby of our hotel in the Marais district. This was the first picture I took. Raoul looks darn good after a 10 hour flight. Seeing outfits like this in shop after shop, kept my energy flowing.
One of our first stops was to replenish my tea supply at Mariage Freres – a kilo of two of my favorites.
Another priority stop was Free’P’Star – a wonderful vintage and second-hand clothing store in the Marais. I did well in the 3 euros per item bin, as well as the scarves for one euro each. I even went crazy and bought a lovely, hand-embroidered nightgown for a whopping 10 euros.
We walked and walked.
And ate at places like this and people watched.
I was so flattered that shop keepers greeted and spoke to me in French this time around. I am determined to return the favor when we return for our next visit.
As much as I adore Provence, I truly love Paris as well!
Following the BEST SHOPPING DAY OF MY LIFE (more to come on that very soon) at a French brocante in Provence, we were given the gift to have drinks with one of my girl crushes – Corey Amaro of Tongue in Cheek! I have to say our group (left to right: Judy, Beth, Cathy G, Jill, Corey, Cathy C and Sandra) looks really good in this shot taken in the late afternoon. Corey had been shopping since 6 a.m. (hard core), and we had been shopping our hearts out by 9 a.m. (still training to be hard core).
Jill Mitchell (wearing the stylish hat) of Le Trip was our tour guide extraordinaire, and waited to share this surprise with our group until this extra special day.
Corey was charming and gracious beyond belief.
Jill and Corey had first met at a mutual friend’s party. There was an animated discussion about what they wore at that soiree.
It also amazed me how Corey kept herself so fresh and clean looking after nine hours of shopping a dusty brocante.
We were enchanted. And absolutely a flutter, when Corey invited us to visit her in the future!
Plus it was pretty hard to keep all eyes on Corey with these two good lookers, Corey’s French Husband, and The Good Husband, my Raoul, at the other end of our table.
Simply put, it was an amazing day! And we had a week full of them.
I have a ton of photos of our recent fantastic Vintage Buying Tour of Provence to share with you. I decided to start off by posting my money shot. Here we have the famous French Husband of Corey Amaro, well known for her hugely popular Tongue In Cheek blog, on the left. Sitting with him is my husband, Raoul, now known as The Good Husband. He was given this name by our fabulous group of fellow travelers. These two good lookers had a great time sharing stories about women they know and their penchants for buying and collecting too much stuff.
While they were having a good visit, our group was having an afternoon drink with Corey herself! On Monday, I’ll share those pictures, and how this surprise visit took place. Plus oodles of other pictures of this glorious trip will be coming your way.